5 – Rehearsals. It’s amazing watching pop stars hard at work before their actual performances. It’s a reminder that everyone has to work at being awesome. In this case I got to watch SISTAR rehearse three times and actually talk to them about our on-stage interview, as well as where to stand. There’s also the realization that YOU’RE STANDING ON THE SAME STAGE AS THEM. Le Gasp.
4 - Show Time. I know this should be a little bit higher up the list, but all the good stuff always happens behind the scenes. This year’s Song Fest line-up is livelier, though, so it’s ranked the fourth best. Plus I loved seeing the crowd’s reaction to Justice Crew’s flips and b-boy tricks. Aussie Aussie Aussie!
3 – The After Party. The pressure is off and everyone’s more relaxed and ready to have a good time! The room is full of execs, pop stars and performers just hanging out. SISTAR’s sitting at the corner having a bite; I’m trying to be cool and not approach them for photos while they’re eating. Justice Crew members have taken over the stage for some impromptu karaoke. Japan’s MAY’N is working the room, introducing herself and handing out BluRay copies of her music videos. I’m shaking a KBS (Korea) exec’s hand and telling him how popular Music Bank is in Australia. The whole sitch is just UNREAL.
2- Hanging out with Justice Crew. For an ARIA-nominated pop group with a number one hit under their belt, these boys are chill. They’re humble, always fun to be around AND they’re always ready for a dance battle. Did I mention four of them are Filipino, like me? Kayaban! (‘Countryman’ in Tagalog)
1- Meeting SISTAR. … And here’s the photo to prove it!
Make sure you watch the ABU TV Song Festival broadcast on SBS2, this Saturday 9th November after the PopAsia show at 7pm (AEDT).